Oohhs & Aahhs

1005 U St., NW
Washington, DC 20001


Neighborhood: U Street/Shaw

Cuisines: Soul Food, Southern, American

Opening Hours:
Open Tuesday through Saturday noon to 10 PM, Sunday noon to 7 PM.

Nearby Metro Stops: U Street/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo

Price Range: Inexpensive

Dress: Informal

Noise Level: Chatty

Reservations: Not Needed

Best Dishes:
Fried chicken; mac n' cheese; Cajun-spiced turkey chop; beef ribs; shrimp with peppers and onions; fried lobster; chicken wings and boneless breasts; beef or turkey meatloaf; broiled whiting; candied yams; cornbread.

Price Details:
Entrees, $7.95 to $24.95.

Cheap Eats 2009: Oohhs & Aahhs

Great food, low prices, lots of fun

Why go: Soul-food joints abound, but none is as appealing as this bustling operation, a joint effort of friends Indiah Wilson and Oji Abbott. For all the heft of the portions, this is detail-driven cooking—from the blend of spices in the fried chicken to the creamy softness of the mac and cheese.

What to get: Definitive Southern-fried chicken (almost exclusively meaty wings); collard greens; the mac and cheese of your dreams; pounded breast of turkey slathered with Cajun seasonings and deep-fried; egg-fortified sweet potatoes.

Best for: Late-night refueling; a quick dinner.

Insider tip: After midnight on weekends, there’s chicken and waffles—a glorious way to split the difference between dinner and breakfast.

Open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner.

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